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RHODE ISLAND business leaders say the new recreational marijuana law provies enough protections for employers to create workplace drug policies suitable for their individual companies. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Business community accepts R.I. cannabis act

After years of fighting against the legalization of recreational marijuana use, many Rhode Island business leaders say they’re now satisfied with parts of the...

R.I. becomes 19th state to legalize recreational marijuana

PROVIDENCE – With the stroke of Gov. Daniel J. McKee's pen on Wednesday, Rhode Island became the 19th state to legalize and regulate recreational...
THE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA LEGISLATION introduced in the General Assembly on March 1 could bring in $20 million annually in state tax revenue, but supporters say the payoff could be much bigger. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Supporters of legalized cannabis touting the financial benefits

State leaders are banking on $18 million to $20 million in additional tax revenue annually if the recently introduced legislation to legalize recreational marijuana...

Employers still harboring concerns over marijuana legislation

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island employers say lawmakers have heard their pleas by adding greater employer protections in legislation to legalize marijuana in the state,...

Is this the right time for Rhode Island to legalize adult...

After months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, Democratic legislative leaders on March 1 introduced a sweeping bill in the General Assembly to legalize adult recreational marijuana...

GA bill reignites debate to legalize recreational marijuana in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – Democratic legislative leaders say they are intent on passing legislation this year to legalize adult recreational marijuana use in the Ocean State....

ARPA funding, education and employer needs among priorities at legislative forum

PROVIDENCE – Universal preschool, meeting business and workforce needs, and how Rhode Island should respond to other pandemic and climate change challenges were highlighted...

What to do with a windfall? $1B in ARPA money may...

After years of grappling with gaping budget deficits, state legislators are facing a problem in the 2022 General Assembly session unlike any they’ve seen...

Union: Greenleaf marijuana dispensary worker reinstated after claiming wrongful termination

PORTSMOUTH – A worker at the Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center who claims he was wrongfully terminated in June for his union organizing efforts has...
RHODE ISLAND SENATE President Dominick J. Ruggerio, left, and House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi talk at the Statehouse earlier this month. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Top R.I. legislators confident recreational marijuana will pass ‘overwhelmingly’ in upcoming...

PROVIDENCE – After months of negotiations, House and Senate leaders say they're nearly ready to introduce legislation to legalize recreational marijuana that will have...

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